The best cities for surfers
Choosing the perfect surf-city getaway can throw up difficult choices. Do you search for a destination that offers perfect waves, but not much else? Or go for a great metropolis that only offers a gentle breeze on its beaches? Luckily, there are some locations that combine the best of both worlds.
Here are 5 of the world’s best surf cities:
- Rio de Janeiro
- Cape Town
- Gold Coast
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A tropical climate and one of the most impressive cityscapes on the planet - what more do you want? How about high waves and a refreshing Caipirinha drink in view of Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf? In addition to its status as the surfing centre of Brazil, Rio is also considered the party capital of the country. Whether in a modern club or at a samba session, you can dance until dawn surrounded by beautiful people.
Recommended surf spots: Barra da Tijuca, Grumari
The capital of Hawaii and, with one million inhabitants, the largest city, Honolulu is the perfect surf-nightlife hybrid destination. During the day, you can show your skills on the southern coast of O’ahu in different challenging waves or after a 45-minute drive, try out the famous breakers of the North Shore. And when the sun goes, the evenings come to life.
Recommended surf spots: Ala Moana (South Shore), Pipeline, Waimea Bay (North Shore)
It’s well known that Catalonia’s capital is the cosmopolitan centre of Spain. The clubs and bars are open until the early morning hours with plenty of party venues for night owls. But Barcelona also offers some great spots for surfers, especially from autumn to spring. Here, you can combine your sea sessions with perfect club visits.
Recommended surf spots: Barceloneta Beach, Sitges
Cape Town, South Africa
A surfing trip to Cape Town is always worthwhile for the fantastic waves that can be tackled almost every day of the year. The reefs at Kalk Bay and Dungeons are not to be missed while you have to explore the beaches and area around Table Mountain. Then you can party the night away in the metropolis regarded as the creative centre of South Africa in a huge number of different bars and clubs which attract locals and tourists alike.
Attention on the board: The coast around Cape Town is home to plenty of great white sharks.
Gold Coast, Australia
The skyscrapers are right on the beach, and the warm aquamarine water provide surfers with conditions akin to paradise. With almost 60 different surf spots to enjoy, Gold Coast combines world-class waves and beautiful beaches, all with an urban feel. And with close to 600,000 inhabitants, the city area is bursting with energy. In the wine stronghold of Australia, you’ll find hundreds of galleries, shops, restaurants and of course, a vibrant nightlife.
Recommended surf spots: Snapper Rocks, Duranbah, Kirra Beach